I call this “My Bible of Productivity” because it is something I live my life by every day. I always talk about the things I do to increase my productivity, but I realized I never actually wrote anything down. To fix this, I made a quick list of things that I tend to do to be incredibly productive with my life. I know it isn’t necessarily clean or easy to navigate, but let us call it a work in progress as of now. I want this to become a live document, so even though it may be just a blog post at this time—it will eventually become it’s entirely own dedicated page that I will refine over time. It will be interesting to refer back to this and see how my “Bible” changes over the next few years. Without further ado, here is the “Bible.”
These are the few things that I make sure I do every day.
- Wake up at 5:30 AM
- Mediate (I use Headspace)
- Exercise (Bike, Run, or Lift)
- Read Daily Inbox News (The Skimm, Quartz)
- Write at least 10 business ideas
- Journal in Day One (reflect on my day)
- Read for 20 minutes each night (20 pages a night becomes about 40 books a year)
Some general things I life my life by.
- Wake up early
- 5:30 AM (this means every single day, including weekends, make it a habit)
- Exercise every single day
- In the morning (this will wake you up better than caffeine, and you will continue to burn calories throughout the day)
- Never drink coffee (tea is okay if needed)
- Plan out every single hour of your day, but don’t have it set in stone
- This means that everything is tentative so you can give some time to spend with the ones who mean a lot to you
Body and mind, I am sure to be an athlete every day.
- Exercise every single day (yup, third time I’ve mentioned this)
- Drink enough water (I forget all of the time, and then it’s too late)
- Have a workout buddy or a few every once and a while
- Teach them or have them teach you
- Create a workout routine
- Try a workout routine (I recommend Squat Every Day)
Never stop learning, otherwise you’re just shooting yourself in the foot.
- Aim to learn at least one thing new every day
- Journal every day (I use an application called Day One)
- Come up with at least 10 business ideas a day
- This enables you to think critically and get your mind flowing, and you will be able to potentially create one of these someday
- Bold important feasible ones
- Go ahead and list even dumb ideas to get them out of your head
- Create your own personal website
- Can be a blog, photo-sharing site, whatever you are passionate about
- Get off of social media
- It is killing your time and affecting your brain
- Read every single day
- I recommend right before you go to bed
- Schedule certain times to check your email, social media, texts, etc.
- Turn off all of your push notifications
- Create personal office hours or work hours
- Here you set aside time to work on your passions, businesses, etc.
- This wake you up immediately and gets everything non-essential out of your brain
- Create an organization habit
- Laundry, Important items, toiletries, everything in your life
- Pomodoro Technique
- Plan out your entire calendar / ToDo list for the day
- Use a productivity application (Trello, Wunderlist, Asana, Slack, Omnifocus; there are hundreds)
- Keep a list of quotes or meaningful words near your bed to see first thing when you wake up. Read them first thing in the morning.
- Live every day as if it were your last
- Money is meaningless if you don’t have the time to use it
- Save time for those that you love
- Read about people that inspire you, somebody who you idolize
- Just be yourself! And don’t ever change for somebody else, only for you.
These are just a couple tips I make sure I live my life by.
- Stay humble
- Be a little mysterious
- Be grateful
- Be curious
- Say “Please” and “Thank You” more often
- Laugh out loud
- Give honest compliments
- Take time for yourself
HOW TO ASK ENDLESS QUESTIONS
What makes an interesting conversation? In my opinion I love learning from other people and to dive down, I continue to ask questions and learn from them. In order to ask endless questions use the five W’s.
WAYS TO SPEND FREE TIME
I find myself with open free time every once and a while. Sometimes I complete my tasks ahead of schedule, sometimes I need some space and freedom from my hectic schedule.
- Listen to Audiobooks / Podcasts
- While driving
- While resting
- Online courses
- Keep a learning list of things you’ve always wanted to learn but don’t have the time for
- Read the news
- Read a book in a quiet place
- Listen to a TED Talk
- Meal prep
- Set goals
- Daily, Monthly, Yearly
Podcasts are incredibly useful in my opinion. You get a quick dose of information quickly. I personally like business and entrepreneurial podcasts, but you can easily find whatever interests you most.
- Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn
- Seth Godin’s Startup School by Seth Godin
- The Tim Ferris Show by Tim Ferris
DAILY SITES TO GO TO
I like to have a small list of daily sites to go to. I usually bookmark most of them so I can easily navigate to them, but I listed a couple of them below. Most of them are an outlet for me when I am overwhelmed, when I need to develop some knowledge, or just a news site to stay connected with the world.
- Investment Accounts
- Wealthfront (robo investor)
- SigFig (robo investor)
- Mint (budgets)
- Quora (great place for question & answer learning)
DAILY APPS TO GO TO
Applications on your computer are essential. The ones I tend to use are for productivity.
Email is impossible to avoid, I’ve listed a couple of tips below.
- Reduce what you are subscribed to
- Make a specific email account for subscriptions ONLY
- Create different emails (or use an alias) for a specific purpose
- I have one for each company I have, subscriptions, personal, professional, work, etc.
- Get notifications for important emails
- Create specific rules that alert you when you have an email from a certain sender
- Quiet other emails
- Keep notifications off for the rest of the people
- Set certain times of the day to check my email
- I recommend checking email between 2 and 10 times per day.
- Grandma Approach
- Delete all email as soon as you’ve taken care of the issue (or at least archive it)
- My grandmother does this, which is why I call it the grandma approach
- Think of email like your folder, always keep it organized
- Flag important emails
- SAVE even more important emails with my organization strategy
- Folders and Inbox Rules
- Just unsubscribe from all of those annoying “daily deals”
- Unsubscribe from uninteresting people (subscribe to people you admire)
- Download an application that doesn’t let you access social media or monitors how often you use it
- If you use Facebook, kill your news feed (a simple Google search will take care of this)
- Turn off ALL notifications (notably social media)
- Turn on Do Not Disturb when busy
Is there anything else you would add to this “Bible?” If so, feel free to comment below!